Monday, January 7, 2013

We All Know How This Usually Works Out

M. Bouffant, L.A.'s favorite curmudgeon, put up a post which makes me wonder, "Poe's Law violation or Godwin's Law violation?" To sum up M.B.'s post, former hippy, alt-medicine scammer, and naked adult swim partner of Allen Ginsberg turned ranting right-wing loon Michael Savage, has called for a right-wing nationalist party unified under a charismatic leader. We all know how well that works out...

The funny thing about "Savage's" rant is that he pretends that the Tea Party could be the nucleus of this new "Nationalist" party:


“We need a nationalist party in the United States of America”... "You have the rudiments of a new party in this country called a Tea Party. They need to restructure their party. They need a charismatic leader, which they don’t have. When you say Tea Party no one knows who the leader is because there is no leader. No man has stepped forward who can lead that party. The Tea Party is the rudiment of the new nationalist party. Somebody has to bring them all together, unite them like King David did the ancient tribes of Israel. And there is no King David out there. Who’s the King David? Tell me who is going to do it?"


Someone should inform him that the Tea Party was, at best an attempt to rebrand the GOP in order to remove the stench of the Bush era (an attempt that seems to have gone horribly awry) and, at worst, a bald-faced grift. Oh, who am I kidding? Savage has been grifting for years... coffee enemas, anyone? Savage has his own grift going on, so he doesn't have to play the Max Bialystock role in this new "Nationalist Party" scam. He says he's not willing to play this role due to his age, but I'd wager that he's too canny a seller of the Kool-aid to end up in the bunker when things go to hell.



7 comments:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

At least it's an ethos...
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mikey said...

I once read somewhere - can't remember where - that "nationalism is the worst of the -isms".

I think that's likely true, as it always contains within it the worst of the authoritarian instincts of a theocracy with the unbridled bigotry and complete lack of accountability of a secular dictatorship...

mikey said...

In thinking about this, I do, yet again, find myself wondering why, or even IF, we actually care what a whackjob like Savage says. Even in the case of more widely distributed whackjobs like Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity, they are not really part of any ongoing good faith discussion of American politics and policy. They are the core of an echo chamber, speaking to the same minority audience that believes the same lies and contrivances, closed minds that will never be changed, but rather that form the base for a particular, inflexible voting bloc in electoral contests.

We can predict with 100% accuracy the candidates and policies they will support, and their level of influence in any given race.

So do we pay attention to their fever dreams purely out of the entertainment value it provides, the same kind of train-wreck fascination that drives our national obsession with celebrity meltdowns? Or are we actually trying to pretend they are more important than they actually are, trying to use their extreme views to discredit legitimate public policy viewpoints we nonetheless disagree with?

I think we should be sure we understand who these people are and why we thing their madness is important...

Smut Clyde said...

Lots of mockery in the LGM thread devoted to Savage's comments. For added hilarity, an emo kid commenter complains that no-one is taking Savage seriously, and why is no-one else intelligent enough to see the dangers of fascism?

Aunt Snow said...

So all hail "nationalism" while at the same time accusing liberals of "stateism"? Ho. Hum.

The Tea Party as an effort to rebrand the GOP and distant it from the Bush Administration was a hilarious back-fire - now it's the Tea Party brand that's become a disgrace.

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